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May 15, 2011 1:19 PM
So when i'm doing my meals, i weigh EVERYTHING possible
i often find that my evening meal has a minimum of 500g of veg in it

just wondering if anyone else looks at the weight of the meal - if so, does eating less weight make a difference to your overall weight loss? or is it mosely about just kcals and micronutrients?

I know i could eat over 1kg of fruit and veg in a day with relatively low kcals, fats, and glucose sugars - but wonder if this would affect my overall weight loss as i would be taking in that extra weight
  6609532
May 15, 2011 1:23 PM
I can see how weighing a meal could be useful to initially learn appropriate portion sizes since a lot of people are unfamiliar with the appropriate portion size of fish, chicken, etc. I am very careful with portion sizes, however... but don't weigh. I don't feel it is necessary for me at this point.
May 15, 2011 1:24 PM
It isn't about the quantity, it's about the QUALITY of what you eat. Don't worry about how much your food weighs, because it really doesn't matter. Your body will use what it can and dispose of what it can't. It doesn't just float around in your stomach indefinitely. Trust me... I think deep down you know that too... think about it... all that water you drink every day would cause the same problem if the weight of what you consumed mattered...
  5270130
May 15, 2011 1:29 PM
so the only real reason i need to weigh my food is to ensure i have an accurate measure of kcals and micros?
i did wonder if that was the case - i just know that if i stop weighing my veg etc, i could easily go back to eating 3 or 4 portions instead of one - esp with potatoes - i find it so haard to look at 200g and stop myself peeling more but once ive eating my dinner i know i didnt need any more
  6609532
May 15, 2011 1:43 PM
in fact, it's even better to eat more food lower in cals, because it is increasing your metabolism. your body uses energy to digest food, so the more you eat - the more energy spent. and the less calories were in your food - the less energy you gain, and your body have to use reserves. so you eat right properly and the only reason to weight food is to know how much calories you are eating
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May 15, 2011 1:48 PM
ive entered everything i plan on eating tomorrow, even allowed myself a very small cooked breakfast which is rare for me
have put in extra for lunch too
and having 2 curry bakes instead of one
and STILL im no where near 1200kcals

i was on 1200kcals for 5 weeks, and only let MFP recalculate a couple of days ago, but im finding it hard to hit the 1200kcals let alone the 1630kcals :o(

not sure how to get my kcals up in a healthy way
  6609532
May 15, 2011 4:52 PM
peanut or almond butter and almonds are GREAT ways to bump your cals on very little actual food... plus the almonds have all those GOOD fats that help you burn off fat better/faster and are good for your heart... you could try half an almond butter sandwich for a snack... that should bump you up by about 200 cals right there...
  5270130
May 15, 2011 4:56 PM
Your protein is really low. You should try and get more protein into your diet. Lean meat. Nuts. Beans.
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